Book Expo America 2012 ends
The virtual conference for the 2012 Book Expo America in NYC called ArmchairBEA is over but for book bloggers, writers, publishers, and readers the work continues. Despite all the changes and new technologies, the book industry continues its forward movement, and the book bloggers will continue reading, reviewing, and recommending books. The good news is that there are plenty of new books being published and that’s a good thing.
Visit Armchair BEA
For me this has been a great week to connect with other bloggers who share my love for books. The opportunity to view Book Expo live via streaming video has been fun and helpful. This is the third year for this event but the first time for me. If you can’t attend the real thing, the virtual conference is a great idea. I plan to attend again next year. To give you an idea of the the virtual aspect, here’s a few links from ArmchairBEA:
- Armchair BEA Central: We Asked, You Answered – Stats about the ArmchairBEA 2012 book blogger attendees
- Armchair BEA Central: The Future of Blogging
- Armchair BEA Central: Getting Beyond Your Blog–and Getting Paid for It (Sometimes)
Read posts from the other participants
When you get to ArmchairBEA, look for posts such as this one where ArchairBEA particpants take on the daily prompt Getting Beyond Your Blog. You’ll find links to all the bloggers who posted their thoughts on the daily topic. Why not stop by and read what they have to say. Don’t forget to leave them a note and tell them what you think.
Read my ArmchairBEA posts
- My Introduction
- New books for writers in 2012
- Networking in real life
- Beyond the blog and why some writers blog
- Tips for writers and book bloggers
The loss of Ray Bradbury
In the midst of all the excitement, I’d like to note once again that we lost the great Ray Brabury this week during, aptly, the transit of Venus on June 5, 2012. You can read a round up of articles and information at Remembering Ray Bradbury: Writers pay tribute to a legend. I’ll be sharing my own memories later this week.
The conference take-away
There’s always one thing that stands out amongst all the others. For me it was the open, generous spirit of the participants, the book blogging community, who shared their knowledge with so many. I know how hard it is to produce an event like this in the real world or the virtual so kudos to a great blogging team who really brought it home.
Finally, I’d like to thank all the bloggers and visitors who have stopped by to read and, especially, to comment. You’ve made this experience richer for having taken the time to read my posts and express your own opinions. The conversations have been great. Let’s keep it going. But first, as my lovely Waco the Wonder Dog illustrates, it’s time to rest.
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